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7 Places in Asia You Probably Haven't Heard Of

30 August 2016

Explore Asia beyond the usual spots. 

The Miyako Islands, Japan

The Miyako Islands, located to the South West of Naha, Okinawa are only accessible via flights. Being close to Taiwan, the Miyako Islands is home to is own unique culture with China, Taiwan, Japan and Okinawa influences.

Here you will find the Miyako-jima islands (a nature lovers paradise and home to stunning beaches, sugar canes fields, coral reefs and of course crystal clear water) as well as the amazing Ryukyu Islands which are popular for their natural beauty in and out of the water.

Guizhou, China

Visit China's ancient towns inhabited by minority groups such as the Miao and Dong and experience untouched village life, stunning mountains ranges, natural caves and Asia's largest waterfall.

Guizhou is China's treasure chest of traditional Chinese beliefs and unique history with very little signs of modern influence. This is the China you could imagine existed many years ago –sleepy towns, hundreds of years old architecture, unique drum towers and traditional attire.

Ko Samet, Thailand

Located approximately 200 km's from Bangkok, Ko Samet is a small island paradise with aqua marine water, sheltered coves. This jungle-clad, laidback island is one of the driest areas of Thailand and offers something for everyone.

Where ever you stay on the island you will find something for everyone – in the North, you will find fine nightlife and BBQ's on the beach, to the South family friendly, laid back beach bums and quiet secluded beaches.

Whatever you fancy, on all beaches you are guaranteed to find jaw-dropping sunsets, an abundance of fresh seafood and a laid back island experience.

El Nido, Philippines

El Nido is the starting point for many visiting Palawan in the Philippines and the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago islands home to majestic karst cliffs and clear aqua waters.

Within the El Nido area expect to be dazzled by stunningly beautiful landscape of natural coral reefs, powdery white sand beaches and clear lagoons. El Nido offers some of the best diving sites in the Philippines and whilst in the Palawan region, don't miss out the Tubbataha Reef which can be only reached by live-aboard boats. Here you will find a huge diversity of marine life including stunning corals, manta rays, lionfish, turtles and sharks amongst others.

Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong is the largest island off the coast of Sihanoukille in Cambodia's southwest province. Still very underdeveloped, this 78 km2 island is made up of forest, beach, sloping hills and a panoramic coastline.

If you're a beach seeker then this island is for you with more than half of the island made up of beaches and quiet and secluded coves. For nature lovers, here you will find natural reefs with an abundance of marine life and many endangered and threatened species of animals and plants. Don't expect to find ATMs and be prepared for little cell phone coverage and limited electricity. Don't let the natural-ness of Koh Rong question if you should go, there are plenty of activities for any age group.

Flores Islands, Indonesia

The Flores is a group of islands located just 1 hour flight from Denpasar, Bali. Here you will make lifetime of memories, discover something new every day and be left want to come back.

Take a boat from Labuan Bajo and in the morning wake up each morning listening to the lapping of the waves against the boat and dive into the clearest water. During the day see the world's largest lizard in it's natural environment (the only place in the world to see this dinosaur like reptile). As the sun goes down, swim off a long boat above feeding manta rays, some of the most graceful animals in the world.

Each day discover something new about this beautiful region - motor to a secluded village, snorkel above natural reefs, experience pink sand squish between your toes or sit back and take in the landscape whilst sipping a cocktail on board sitting on a bean bag.

Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), Laos

Si Phan Don translated to Four Thousand Islands is located in the Mekong River area in southern Laos. This unique area of the world is made up of hundreds of islands that can be seen in the drier months but then disappear when the Mekong River floods.

Although this archipelago of river islands has an incredible laid back feel, the area offers many activities including Laos river communities, the highly endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins, boat cruises, river tubing and cycling.

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